Davie Cooper
Scottish footballer
Davie Cooper
David "Davie" Cooper was a professional football player and a Scotland international. He started his career at Clydebank F.C. , and was a member of the squad that won the second division championship in 1975-1976. In 1977 he was signed by Rangers manager Jock Wallace for £100,000. With Rangers, Cooper won three League Championships and three Scottish Cups. After season 1988-1989 he moved to Motherwell for £50,000.
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Thursday's Scottish football as it happened - BBC News
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2045: Neil Drysdale in Falkirk by text on 80295: "It is 20 years this week since I saw the late Davie Cooper score a fabulous goal for Motherwell. He moved to Fir Park from Rangers for £50k! Where are the new Scots?" Maribor are ahead as Dalibor Volas
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Let's roll, says 'Thommo' - Paisley Daily Express
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Thommo has a winner's medal in this competition from his time at Rangers. In 2005, the Old Firm side defeated Motherwell 5-1 at Hampden and he came on for the last six minutes. He added: “I was there at what was known as the 'Davie Cooper Final'
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Robert set for desert trek - Kirriemuir Today
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This involved Willie Henderson of Glasgow Rangers and Jock McInness from Fife - who organises the Gobi Desert Challenge trek in aid of the Davie Cooper Centre in Clydebank which, when completed, will be a family centre for children and young adults
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The Beautiful Game: Colin MacIntyre, Mull Historical Society - Celtic FC - This Is Fake DIY (blog)
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I was obsessed with the late Rangers player, Davie Cooper, who could pass so accurately with his left foot that he once commented to team mate Ally McCoist, who'd just scored from a Cooper assist, "Was the 'Mitre' sign the right way up for you?
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Craigsanquhar Hotel lift TSB Trophy at Cupar - Fife Today
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... led by Robbie Sibanda, with a team of Gary Mitchell, Ian McInnes and Brian Heggie. Runners-up were the 'BLC' team, led by past captain, Duncan Moncur, with Calum Wilson, Davie Cooper and Duncan Ross, whilst the Douglas Clan team were third
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Thurso side's cup tribute to Rangers legend - John O'Groat Journal
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Janette Lynch, of the Caithness Loyal Rangers Supporters Club, presents the Davie Cooper Memorial Cup to Keira Gunn, daughter of team manager Alyn Gunn, of Thurso Rangers AFC. Photo: www.jamesgunn.co.uk A THURSO-based amateur football squad has been
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Wales boss vows revenge on Scotland for past heartbreak - MirrorFootball.co.uk
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"I was a bit older in '85 when Davie Cooper, God rest his soul, scored that penalty to win 1-0. But it again shows there is history there. Everyone in Wales will be up for these games." The games against the Scots could be the easiest Wales face in a
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ds1communications.com Becomes No.1 VoIP Service Provider in FL & DC - Market Press Release (press release)
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... Parkland, Margate, Ft. Lauderdale, Sunrise, Davie, Cooper City, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Miami Lakes, Aventura, Miami, Coral Gables, Homestead, Florida Keys., and some of the Florida counties Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach" he adds
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Motherwell Supporters Trust Soccer Sixes is back - stv.tv
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Once the main action of the day is over, the Davie Cooper Suite will be opened for players and supporters to socialise and enjoy a hard-earned drink. Squads of between six and eight players are invited to enter the competition with the entry fee of
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Timetra Supporters Sixes returns for 2011 - FirParkCorner
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Once the main action of the day is over, players and supporters can move to the Davie Cooper Suite where for some much needed refreshment. Squads of between six and eight players are invited to enter the competition with a fee of £35 per team
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Exhibition to showcase area's sporting success - Bellshill Speaker (press release)
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Lanarkshire's achievements on the football field will be well represented with objects on loan from the Scottish Football Museum, including items relating to legends Davie Cooper and John 'Sailor' Hunter. Exhibition curator Sean Curran said: “With the
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Kids get a 'lift' with free season tickets at Fir Park - stv.tv
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“We piloted something similar in the Davie Cooper Stand last season and the outstanding success, coupled with feedback from fans, made it an easy to decision to roll it out across both the East and Phil O'Donnell Stands. “We are desperate to encourage
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Adam shame: Can Scots ever embrace our country's gallus talents? - stv.tv
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Adam was deemed a dud at Rangers, but if he had been given time to flourish, could he have ended up the natural successor to club legends Davie Cooper or even Jim Baxter? In the world of comedy, Craig Ferguson enjoyed only modest success here before
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Motherwell FC launch new community kids kit - stv.tv
Google News - almost 6 years
Those wishing to show their support for the club and buy the latest kit can do so from the Community Trust offices, located in the Davie Cooper Stand, from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm Monday to Friday, or late night on a Thursday until 8pm
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Get your biz edge on at Davie Cooper Business Expo - Sun-Sentinel
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At the Davie/Cooper Business Expo May 25, attendees will have an opportunity to network with local movers, shakers and local business owners. Organizations will prsent attendees with information so they can learn about the nonporifts and community
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Davie Cooper's final chance to shine in Motherwell's 1991 Scottish Cup triumph - stv.tv
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But what turned into a afternoon of rich entertainment, with the Steelemen eventually prevailing 4-3, also provided the sport's aficionados an opportunity to applaud the myriad skills of Davie Cooper, one of the most mesmerising talents ever to grace
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Desert mission for soccer greats - Fife Today
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Jock McInness (54) and now of Scone, has organised the Gobi Desert Challenge trek in aid of the Davie Cooper Centre, in tribute to the Rangers great, and Motor Neurone Disease Scotland out of support to the Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone who died of the
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Well, Well! O'Neill is predicting more woe for Celtic - Belfast Telegraph
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The night I scored the goal against Celtic, Davie Cooper said on TV that I would be missing for a week! “I guess I've always had a bit of a reputation for living life to the full. Jimmy Nicholl used to say in after dinner speeches that there were 5000
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Davie Cooper
    THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 39
    His funeral took place at Hillhouse Parish Church, Hamilton, on 27 March 1995, and he was buried in the town's Bent cemetery.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper is remembered as one of the most significant players in the histories of Clydebank, Rangers and Motherwell football clubs. In his tribute to Cooper, the then Rangers manager, Walter Smith, said that "God gave Davie Cooper a talent. He would not be disappointed with how it was used." Dutch international Ruud Gullit played against Davie Cooper in a friendly match for Feyenoord against Rangers, after which he called Cooper one of the greatest players he had ever seen. Gullit later named Cooper in his greatest XI in football magazine Four Four Two. Rangers forward, David Templeton was named after Cooper by his father, ex pro Henry Templeton. David Templeton's full name is David Cooper Templeton. After Cooper's death, Motherwell renamed Fir Park's North Stand in his honour. The 2005 Scottish League Cup Final between Rangers and Motherwell paid tribute to Cooper's memory. Ticket stubs had an image of him printed on them, and a percentage of the programme sales went towards establishing a centre for special needs children.
    Cooper suffered a brain haemorrhage on 22 March 1995 at Broadwood Stadium where he and former Celtic, Arsenal, Aberdeen and Scotland player Charlie Nicholas were recording a coaching film for youngsters called 'Shoot' for Scottish Television.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper, who was 39 years old, died in hospital the next day.
    Cooper scored his last goal against Airdrie in the League Cup Semi-final and his last appearance in a Clydebank jersey was in a reserve fixture at New Kilbowie on 21 February 1995 against Hamilton Academical.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper made his international début for Scotland's under-21s in the 1976–77 season in a 0–0 draw against the Czech in Pilsen. He won another three caps that season – against Wales, Switzerland and England.
  • 1994
    Age 38
    In 1994–95 he was almost an ever-present in the side, until the start of February – when he played his last first team match against Hearts in the Scottish Cup Third Round Replay at Tynecastle on 7 February 1995.
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  • 1993
    Age 37
    In 1993–94 he played in a total of 20 games, including sixteen starts and four as a substitute.
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    While with Motherwell, Cooper had been working in a coaching capacity with the reserve and youth sides. In December 1993 he returned to Clydebank as a player, but also to assist in coaching duties.
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  • 1990
    Age 34
    Cooper earned a further four International caps as a Motherwell player but an injury precluded him from being selected for the Scotland squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup Finals in Italy.
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  • 1989
    Age 33
    Cooper signed for Motherwell, then managed by former team-mate Tommy McLean in August 1989.
    More Details Hide Details In his four and a half seasons at Fir Park, Davie played over 150 times for the "Steelmen" and contributed to the club winning its first major trophy in 39 years: The 1991 Scottish Cup Final against Dundee United. Motherwell won 4–3 after extra-time.
  • 1988
    Age 32
    At the beginning of the 1988–89 season (Tuesday 9 August 1988), Cooper's testimonial match against Girondins de Bordeaux saw over 43,000 spectators watch Rangers win 3–2 with Butcher, Drinkell and McCoist netting for Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper finished his Rangers career with 75 goals in 540 appearances. When asked to describe the highlight of his time at Rangers, he simply responded "I played for the team I loved."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 30
    He scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in 1986-87 vs Celtic.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper scored 8 goals in Rangers's league winning season of 86–87. The following season, in the League Cup, Cooper scored a free-kick, Rangers's first goal in a 3–3 draw against Aberdeen. Rangers won 5–3 on penalties. This was Cooper's seventh winners medal.
  • 1984
    Age 28
    He returned to the international side on 28 February 1984, scoring against Wales in a 2–1 Home Championship win.
    More Details Hide Details He was on the scoresheet for Scotland again later in the year in a 6–1 friendly win over Yugoslavia. Cooper became a regular in the Scotland team and, prior to the 1986 World Cup, he played in 11 consecutive games. He played in the crucial match against Wales at Ninian Park, coming on as substitute for Gordon Strachan and scoring an equalising penalty which was instrumental in Scotland's ultimately successful qualifying campaign, (after a play-off against Australia) for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Cooper scored in the play-off; a 2–0 win against Australia and made two appearances in the finals. Cooper scored the last two of his six goals for the Scottish senior side on 12 November 1986 in a 3–0 home win over Luxembourg in the Euro 88 qualifiers. He was capped four more times for Scotland afterwards, the last of his 22 caps coming on 16 May 1990 in a friendly against Egypt at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen which the Egyptians won 3–1.
  • 1983
    Age 27
    Cooper won league cup medals in 1983-84, 1984-85, 1986-87 and 1987-88.
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  • 1982
    Age 26
    In the 1982–83 season, Cooper scored his first hat-trick for Rangers (in a Sectional League Cup tie against Kilmarnock) and his first and only European goal, against Borussia Dortmund at Ibrox, in the UEFA Cup. it was his most prolific goalscoring season for the club, scoring 12 goals in all competitions.
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  • 1981
    Age 25
    In the 1981–1982 season Cooper started his 21st consecutive League Cup tie for Rangers as they won through to the Final.
    More Details Hide Details His only goal in the Ibrox side's 11 ties came in the Final. Cooper played in all but six league fixtures as Rangers attained third place.
  • 1980
    Age 24
    In 1980, Brighton's Alan Mullery reportedly put in a bid for both Cooper and Gordon Smith.
    More Details Hide Details Smith signed, Cooper didn't. The following season (1980–81), Cooper started fewer than half of the scheduled league games. He was, however, part of the starting line-up for the cup final replay against Dundee United which Rangers won. This was Davie's last Scottish Cup winners medal for the Ibrox side.
  • 1979
    Age 23
    His debut for the full national side came on 12 September 1979 in a 1–1 friendly draw with Peru at Hampden Park.
    More Details Hide Details He played for the national side again the following month in a 1–1 home draw with Austria in the Euro 1980 qualifiers, but after that he was not capped for more than four years.
    The 1979–80 season was the first of only three seasons during his time at Ibrox that the club failed to win a trophy.
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    In this season Cooper scored a memorable goal against Celtic in the 1979 Drybrough Cup Final.
    More Details Hide Details It was voted the greatest ever Rangers goal by Rangers fans and listed by The Guardian's Rob Smyth as the second greatest ever solo goal, after Diego Maradona's Goal of the Century.
  • 1977
    Age 21
    His first league goal for Rangers came against St Mirren at Love Street on 17 September 1977 in a 3–3 draw.
    More Details Hide Details His last goal came almost exactly eleven years later, also against St Mirren. His first Ibrox goal for the club came a fortnight later in a 4–1 win against Clydebank. He scored his second in the same match – direct from a corner kick. He scored eight goals in total in his first season at Rangers. The following season, Cooper made 49 appearances and scored ten goals as Rangers won both domestic cup competitions.
    Cooper appeared in 52 of Rangers 53 matches in the 1977–78 season, as Jock Wallace's side won the domestic treble.
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    It was reported that Cooper was sold to Rangers for £100,000 on 8 June 1977, receiving a signing on fee of £10,000, and on a wage of £150 per week.
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    Cooper's last goal for the Bankies was against Raith Rovers in a 2–0 win at New Kilbowie on 23 April 1977.
    More Details Hide Details His last game was at Brockville in a 4–2 win, a week later.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 19
    In the 1975–76 season, Cooper was one of four ever-presents.
    More Details Hide Details He finished top of the Clydebank goalscoring list with 13 in the League, three of which were penalties. His first hat-trick in Senior football included two penalties at Alloa Athletic, where Clydebank won 3–1. Cooper played in all of Clydebank's 49 games that season, scoring 22 goals and seeing the club promoted to the First Division.
  • 1974
    Age 18
    Rangers, Motherwell, Clyde and Clydebank, together with English sides Coventry City and Crystal Palace, all expressed an interest in signing the young Cooper. In mid-1974, Cooper became a Clydebank player.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper made his début for Clydebank, against Airdrie in the League Cup. The game took place on 10 August 1974. Airdrie won 4–0. Cooper's full début was also against Airdrie and again in the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday 28 August, but again Airdrie won; this time by 2–1. This game was his first appearance at New Kilbowie Park. Cooper's Scottish League début came in the Second Division, in the last season before League re-construction, on Saturday, 31 August. Cooper first played on the winning side for the Bankies on 30 November, when they beat Cowdenbeath at Kilbowie by 2–1. His first goal for the team came two games later when, again at Kilbowie, he scored the third goal in the 4–1 defeat of Alloa Athletic. Cooper ended the season with 29 starts, 2 as a sub, and scored 5 goals.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 0
    Cooper was born in Hamilton, Scotland, on 25 February 1956.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Beckford Street Primary in Hamilton before moving on to Udston Primary. As captain of the team, he played at left-half (the equivalent of left midfield in contemporary footballing terms) and at inside left (roughly equivalent to a modern-day deep-lying striker). Cooper later attended St. John's Grammar School (now Hamilton Grammar School) and went on to play for local juvenile team Udston United. Cooper was a Rangers supporter in his youth and attended matches at Ibrox with his father and brother. His brother, John, had a two-year spell with Hull City when he was 16, but he failed to secure a career as a professional footballer. Cooper himself later moved on to Hamilton Avondale from where he would subsequently sign for Clydebank. He played with the Under-16 team before moving up to Under-18. At the time he was working as an apprentice printer with the brothers who ran Avondale. He had gained a cap for the Scottish Amateur League, but his first International recognition came when he represented his country at Under-18 level against the Home Nations.
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